GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES Degree Program Profile
Bachelor Degree in GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6
Number of Years/credits
3 years; 180 ECTS
Mode of Study
*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.
Name of Course Director and other contact information
President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. LUCA PANDOLFI
Department of SCIENZE DELLA TERRA
Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Luigi Folco
Language of Teaching
Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.
Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences
Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).
Required knowledge and competences support programmes
Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.
The Bachelor in Earth Sciences belongs to the Italian University Bachelors, Class L-34.
It is a methodological-type degree aimed at providing a large-spectrum of basic knowledge in Earth Sciences. The Bachelor Degree gives direct access to the Master courses in Earth Sciences and Technologies. Graduated students may become Junior Geologists, after passing the State examination, or access to the Master degree.
The Bachelor Degree lasts three years and is articulated in several learning activity including basic educational activities, characterizing activities, supplementary and associated activities, educational activities chosen by students and training plus final test.
Key Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Program in Geology will be able to demonstrate
•An essential knowledge on the basic sciences: mathematics, chemistry, physics, informatics
•A solid knowledge of geological processes, with reference to the origin and evolution of the planet Earth;
•A detailed knowledge on the processes involving the origin of sedimentary, volcanic and metamorphic rocks;
•A deep knowledge of mineralogy, paleontology, petrography, geophysics, geochemistry, volcanology, applied geology, geological cartography and geomorphology.
•The ability to apply specific methods to field and laboratory work, with reference to geological cartography and geomorphology also in GIS environment, petrographic, palaeontological, mineralogical, geotechnical, hydrogeological, structural and geochemical analyses
•The ability to evaluate the geological risk
•The ability to acquire conscious independence of judgment with reference to evaluation and interpretation of data in scientific literature, field and laboratory data.
Occupational Profile/s of Graduates
Graduated students may benefit job opportunities in national technical surveys (Geological Survey, Seismic Survey, Civil Protection...), in national or private companies (ENEL, ENI...) and in private professional offices as Junior Geologist
Access to further study
The Laurea Degree in GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.
Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading
Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).
**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.
Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification
The final dissertation, to which 12 ETCS are allocated, foresees the presentation of an original research, consisting of a written relations comprensive of bibliography, geological map, figures and eventual tables of data.